Library Services Directory - M to R
M to R
The following alphabetical letters are quick links for more
information about the Library Service and what it offers.
A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z
Alsager, Congleton, Crewe,
Chapel, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Sandbach
and Wilmslow libraries have meeting
rooms and tea and coffee making facilities for community groups and
businesses. If you wish to use these facilities, please ask a
member of staff for details. Macclesfield Library also has an
IT suite available for hire.
There is a charge
for this service.
We have a Mobile
Library Service that takes books for all ages into the
rural areas of Cheshire East. It provides a service on a
Most libraries have Multimedia sections, where you will find the
latest CDs, DVDs and console games. There is a charge for the loan
of these items. The current charges are listed in the Library Charges leaflet, on display in all
Libraries hold a wide range of CDs that can be borrowed. If you
cannot find the title you wish to borrow at your local library, you
can reserve it if it is in stock at another library. There is a charge for the loan of these
Multiple copies of
music scores for Cheshire choirs can be ordered online or by
telephone on 01244 976048 and are collected from a Cheshire
library of your choice.
There is a fee for borrowing multiple sets; please ask for details.
They can be ordered up to six months in advance, but not later than
6 weeks before the performance. See also sheet music.
You can find out where your nearest
Cheshire East library is and details of Mobile Library
There are several ways that we can communicate with customers
about their loans. You can choose the most convenient methods
for you by logging into
Your Pesonal Details on the library catalogue or
asking at your local library.
We can send you a reminder email three days before your loans are
due for return so that you can renew or return your loans on time
without incurring any fines.
If your loans do become overdue we can let you know either by post,
email or text message.
If you reserve an item we
can let you know when it is ready for collection by post, email or
A significant number of older people may have difficulties with
mobility, eyesight or hearing loss and libraries have a range of
services taking these factors into account.
If you live too far away from your nearest
library, please check the mobile library
routes to see if there is a mobile library which stops near
Every library has large print books and talking books for people
whose eyesight is deteriorating. Large print books can be reserved
free of charge, allowing access to the whole of the Cheshire’s
stock. Catalogues of the talking book stock are available from
your local library. People who have
difficulty reading print or handling books may borrow and reserve
talking books free of charge.
We also hold information on opportunities and services, such as
information on retirement, education, voluntary work, health,
financial management, housing etc.
There is a home library service, Books on Wheels, for older and
disabled people living in Cheshire East. Eligibility for this
service depends on the ability of an individual to use branch or
mobile libraries and the availability or otherwise of relatives or
friends who can go to a library for them. Please contact your local library for more information about
the service in your area.
We also offer services to elderly people's homes and day
You can order or reserve items which are not currently available
at your local library. You can reserve items online through
Catalogue or at your local library. Use our suggestion
forms for books and multimedia items not already in stock, we'll do
our best to add them to our collection.
Your loans can be renewed in the library, online or by
telephone to avoid incurring overdue fines. You can also choose
to receive pre-overdue reminders and overdue notifications by
email or overdue notifications by text message to your mobile
phone. If your loans become overdue a daily fines rate applies.
In addition to collections at Cheshire Archives and Local
Studies, some of our larger libraries hold local collections of
Parish Records. Please contact the individual libraries for details. Macclesfield Library provides a leaflet of Parish Records (PDF,
273KB) detailing records held at the library.
All Cheshire East libraries have People's
Network computers available to use, subject to terms and conditions (PDF,
357KB). These allow you to access the internet, library
catalogue, homework resources, our eResources, and to use Word and other Office
software. Some libraries have an IT
Printing and scanning facilities are available in all Cheshire
East libraries. There is a charge for printing. Demand for use can
be high, so booking in advance is advisable. Please contact
your local library for details.
Computer use is free for one hour of use each day (subject to
availability) for library members. Remember to bring your library
membership card with you. If you are not a library member just
bring along one form of ID (which must show your address) and join
on the day! There is a charge for guest users and further time.
Computers are automatically shut down 15 minutes before the library
Under 16s will need a signed parental consent declaration
form (PDF 357KB) before using the computers. If you are under
16 and need to join the library you will need a parent or carer to
sign your joining form and show one form of identification. They
can either do this in the library or sign your form at home and you
can bring the signed form and the identification with you.
All libraries have black and white coin operated photocopiers
for you to use.
Larger libraries will have some photographs relating to their
locality. There is also a countywide collection of photographs,
slides, prints and other images at Cheshire Archives and Local
Some of these images are being stored digitally and made
available on CD-ROM in larger libraries. Please phone 01244 603018
for further details. Digital images created from original materials
held at Cheshire Archives and Local
Studies and in Cheshire East Libraries are available online at
the Cheshire Archives and Local Studies digital image website.
A PIN is required to use Your Library Online services such as
accessing the details of your loans and reservations and to reserve
and renew items on the Cheshire Libraries
Catalogue. It is also required to use our eResources. If you do not know your
, contact your local library or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
quoting your library card number, and confirming your name and
Playgroups and Nurseries
Playgroups, nurseries and parent/toddler groups can borrow books
for use by children in their care. 'Big books' are also available
for loan in some libraries. Local Authority nursery schools
can use the Education Library
Service. For details of crèches, nurseries, holiday play
schemes, childminders, out of school clubs and parent/toddler
groups please contact the Family
Chester Library has a special collection of plays for the
whole of Cheshire. Single and multiple copies of plays are
available for loan. A list of new titles is available on
One act play collection : colour coding.
- Light green - comedy - mixed cast - 1-6 characters
- Dark green - comedy - mixed cast - 7+ characters
- Light brown - drama - mixed cast - 1-6 characters
- Dark brown - drama - mixed cast - 7+ characters
- Light red - comedy - female cast - 1-6 characters
- Dark red - comedy - female cast - 7+ characters
- Light blue - drama - female cast - 1-6 characters
- Dark blue - drama - female cast - 7+ characters
- Yellow - all male cast - any cast size
list of plays (PDF, 1.15MB) is available. Please
Library for further details 01244 977380.
We provide a library service at HM Prison
Radio frequency identifier (RFID)
Please see Self-service.
Cheshire Libraries can support private groups by offering access
to The Reading Group Collection. This extensive resource has
been set up to encourage members of reading groups to expand their
reading choices, to try something different, and to discover new
authors and new genres.
The Reading Group Collection is run on a subscription basis and
books are available to be borrowed by registered groups (in sets of
between 10 and 12 copies) for a 6 week loan period. Books are
delivered to your local library for collection. There is a charge
of £80 per year for this service. To register for our subscription
scheme please contact the Reading Group Administrator on 01244
976021 or email@example.com.
Members of Reading Groups that do not subscribe to our Reading
Group Collection may reserve
titles as individuals.
Please see The Reading
Group Booklist (PDF, 276KB) for the complete list of titles
If you are an individual looking for a local group to join or a
reading group seeking new members, please contact the Administrator
who may be able to assist with this.
The Administrator can also provide help and support for new
reading groups just starting out, as well as for groups with
special requirements e.g. people requiring large print or audio
versions of the books.
Reading Well Books on Prescription
Please see Books on Prescription.
Records and Archives
Cheshire Archives and Local
Studies collects and cares for the principal collection of
records and archives for the county of Cheshire, from the 12th
century to the present day. Members of the public can consult these
archives in the search room, free of charge and by appointment.
All Cheshire East libraries have a
collection of reference books for answering everyday enquiries and
checking elusive facts in almanacs, atlases, dictionaries,
directories, encyclopedias and yearbooks.
The larger libraries have more extensive collections for students
and have trained staff available to handle more complex enquiries.
Study facilities are also available.
Our eResources are accessible 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. There are a growing number of excellent
information resources at your fingertips; simply log on and enter
the number on your library card and your PIN when prompted.
Books should be returned within three weeks. If you can't bring
your books back by the return date, in order to avoid paying fines
items can be renewed by phoning your
library, the online
catalogue, fax, post or in person. You can also renew loans on
the dedicated telephone renewals number: 0845 148 0148. This
renewal will be for a further three week period unless the item is
requested by another borrower.
Books can be renewed without coming into the library up to four
times, and then must be brought into a library for returns or a
Most Cheshire East libraries now use a computerised issuing
system. You will only need the borrower number on your membership
card to enable you to renew items by phone. A PIN is required for online renewals.
Multimedia items such as CDs and DVDs may also be renewed if not
required by other borrowers. Such renewals will incur a further
charge at the rate of the original loan. Multimedia items will be
issued for a further week. After this date a daily fines rate will apply.
Reserving and requesting items
If we don't have the item you want, we can try to borrow it from
another Cheshire East or Cheshire West and Chester library. The
stock of our libraries is listed on our catalogue. If you
have not used this before the staff will be very pleased to help
you. There is a charge for reserving
items. You can now reserve items online at our Library Catalogue pages.
You can choose to have an email or text message sent to you when
your reservation is waiting for collection.
If you would like to reserve an item that is not held by any of our
libraries, our Interlending Unit can provide items from other UK
libraries or even a library outside the UK if necessary. Just go
into a library to place your reservation. Charges apply to these
services, details of which can be found in our Library Charges leaflet. Please note that if an
item is obtained from outside Cheshire and isn't collected by the
customer they will still be liable for the reservation charge,
which will be added to their library account.
Romany was the name used by the Rev. George Bramwell Evens
(1884-1943) in his BBC Children's Hour radio broadcasts Out
with Romany in the 1930s and 40s. Wilmslow Library holds a collection of Romany's
books and copies of the Romany magazine, published annually by the
Romany Society, which can be accessed during library opening hours
for reference only.
Rhyme times for under 5s are offered at various Cheshire East
Libraries. A full list of rhyme times is available. You can
also check the individual library pages